Amari Cooper is one of the most quiet players in the National Football League, so when he speaks you better listen. More often than not he lets his talking be done on the field which ultimately is what really matters.
The star wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys is dealing with negotiations regarding a contract extension with America’s Team, but he hasn’t really let that phase him. Asked on Thursday for his thoughts on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas’ new record-setting deal, Cooper sort of brushed it off. He joked that it would “hopefully” impact his own new deal, but he’s focused on football.
Amari: I’m just not anxious about a contract. For some reason it’s just not on my mind. I’m more interested about, just playing football.
This isn’t to say that Ezekiel Elliott is going about things the wrong way (every player should do whatever they feel is best in order to get paid how they see fit), but it’s really great to see quotes like this from Cooper. He’s hard to shake.
The truth is that Cooper has been a dream for the Cowboys since just about day one. It’s easy to forget that this is his first training camp with the team, his first real opportunity to focus on getting right with Dak Prescott under the Oxnard sun. He knows that.
Amari: I think we’ve been progressing really well. My relationship with Dak and our chemistry is growing. We’ve been doing good on our connection. The balls that have been coming my way have been completions for the most part.
You can see a thread of Dak-to-Amari highlights that I’ve captured while in Oxnard right here, the two of them together are definitely going to be something special this season.
But how special can they truly be? It’s going to be so difficult for Cooper to raise the bar considering how he landed on the team with such ferocity this season. There is a strong possibility that Kellen Moore can take him to the next level, but what does he think about his new offensive coordinator anyway? And the new offense as a whole?
Amari: The offense is a little bit different. I like to be moved around... a lot. Because the defense can never know or expect me to be in just one place and they can’t really like key on me and I’ll be freed up.
There is no denying that Amari Cooper is an incredibly cerebral player that can help his team with his knowledge of the game. His head coach praised his intellect shortly after Cooper gave these answers, but he has been impacting the Cowboys team in this capacity for a while.
You’ll remember that when the Cowboys hosted the Philadelphia Eagles late last season that at one point Cooper became frustrated with the offensive calls because they were becoming redundant. Dak Prescott took note of what Cooper saw, adjusted because of it, and the two hooked up for a much-needed 75-yard touchdown.
It’s interesting because I actually had another stop route on that play and they were, if you were watching, really sitting on those stop routes. And I was like, this is ridiculous. So when I broke the huddle I was kind of mad and I was like, Dak come on. And he was just like, just run it bro. And I guess he thought about it again and he kind of signaled a go route and I was elated when he did that. And I took off, caught the ball, and scored.
It’s clear that Amari Cooper likes to be moved around in the offense. That’s a great thing to hear and an even greater one to see. Move him around, Kellen Moore. Keep this party going.